Courier 4 May 2001 Page 1

Inquiry to decide fate of town building

A four day inquiry to decide the fate of Telephone House, Tunbridge Wells, was due to end this afternoon, Friday [4 May 2001].

The outcome, expected in five weeks, * will end months of planning wrangles between joint applicants Crest Nicholson and BT and town hall planners over the Church Road building.

It could also mark the end of the campaign by residents who have opposed proposals to demolish the building and put up 43 flats. **

A Government Inspector has been considering the case at the Town Hall since Tuesday [1 May 2001] and 11 residents and Archie Norman MP are expected to speak *** against the development.

Crest Nicholson's plans were thrown out by the council in October last year **** - the second time its proposals had been refused.

A campaign by the Telephone House Neighbours Association followed Crest's appeal.

The decision-period is independent for each appeal and can take months

The Telephone House Neighbours Association NEVER opposed the demolition, BUT opposed the erection of 43 flats.

14 residents, 3 Culverden Ward Councillors and the MP spoke at the Public Inquiry

- First application was refused by officers at delegated level in January 2000
- Second application was refused by the Members of the Western Area Planning Committee on 18 October 2000.

January 2001 - Statement of Case by The Telephone House Neighbours Association
for the Telephone House Appeal and the Public Inquiry May 2001

Councillors of Culverden Ward, the MP for Tunbridge Wells

A guide through Tunbridge Wells Local Press since August 2000 - "The Telephone House Debacle"